BHS junior charged in connection with altercation
By Terry Rombeck
Special to The Signal
Saturday, May 26, 2001
The Baldwin High School student accused Thursday of hitting a classmate in the head with a broom was charged Friday with aggravated battery.
Kenneth S. Goff, 17, was charged in Douglas County District Court. He remained at the Douglas County Juvenile Detention Facility and was scheduled to appear at a juvenile detention hearing Tuesday afternoon.
The boy he is accused of hitting, 17-year-old Anthony McClintock, was upgraded to serious condition Friday at Kansas University Medical Center in Kansas City, Kan.
Baldwin School Supt. Jim White said the incident occurred during a class taught by Jim Oatman. Students were cleaning up the school shop for the summer when the fight broke out around 12:45 p.m. Thursday. Baldwin's last day of school was Friday.
"I think it's very isolated," White said. "From all indications, these two students were friends and they just got to horsing around, and in one quick moment it got out of hand."
McClintock was taken by air ambulance to KU Medical Center. He spent much of the day Thursday in surgery and initially was listed in critical condition with unspecified head injuries.
Sophomore Levi Terell, who was in the shop, said the boys both juniors were playing around with a spray bottle during their transportation technology class when the incident turned bad.
"I think both of them were getting fed up with each other," Terell said. "Anthony pushed Kenny down and Kenny got up and hit him with the broom."
Terell said the incident could have been prevented.
"They were both being idiots," he said. "They were horsing around like little kids do."
Junior Matt Gammon described the mood at Baldwin High School Friday as "shock."
"It started getting real serious when we saw the chopper," he said. "I feel for Kenny. It was an accident. I don't think he meant to hurt him like that."
Goff's hearing is scheduled for 1:15 p.m. Tuesday at the Douglas County Judicial & Law Enforcement Center. A judge will determine whether to keep the teen in custody.
Although Goff is charged as a juvenile, Douglas County Dist. Atty. Christine Kenney said her office can later decide to charge him as an adult. She wouldn't comment on whether she thought that would happen.
White said school counselor Carl Brooks and assistant principal Allen Poplin went Friday to the KU Medical Center to visit McClintock. White said the educators returned "hopeful."
"They spoke with him," White said. "He showed he had a good sense of humor."
White said Poplin and principal Joe Gresnick went to classes Friday morning to tell students what they knew about the fight.